First 50 Days
DAY 43: Launch. (Mar 23)Written by Matt Elwell, CPLP
This was the day of my first Full Company meeting, something that I planned purely on faith in the books I've been reading. When you're a company our size, it just seems like par for the course that you get everyone in one room once in a while. So that's what I did. No one was banging down my door asking for more cross-departmental communication, it just seemed like the right thing to do.
And, I am officially happy to call it a success! For the first time I can remember we had (minus a few absences) everyone from our Front of House Staff, our Exec Team, our Tech/Creative Staff, and our Ensemble in one room. We started with some icebreakers/teambuilding. (Watching our non-improviser staff play games with our professional improviser ensemble was awesome.)
Then, I talked about what we wanted to stress in the upcoming months. I did get some positive feedback on keeping my messaging simple and targeted. I basically boiled down what I wanted to happen into three simple questions that our people could ask our customers. These questions each emblemize a major initiative we're working on, but the question serves as a "tag," that keeps a big idea/process in a neat little conceptual package.
After all these announcements (I kept my talky-talk to like 15 minutes), we took a full company photo. Here is a copy done by local photographer Lyndsay Williams!